Mass rally in Cuba marks ‘Che’ Guevara’s 50th death anniversary

The Latin American revolutionary was shot dead by CIA-trained troops in a remote village in Bolivia on October 9, 1967.

More than 60,000 people took to the streets gathered to commemorate the 50th death anniversary of Latin American revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

Cuban President Raul Castro was present at a mass rally on Sunday at the Che Guevara Mausoleum in the town of Santa Clara, 300 km east of Havana, reports Xinhua news agency.

The rally capped a week of tributes to the guerrilla fighter that helped overthrow Cuba’s dictatorship and bring Fidel Castro to power, before he was ambushed and killed in Bolivia on October 9, 1967.

On the ground floor of the memorial, a cavern-like enclosure holds the remains of Guevara and 30 of his comrades fallen in Bolivia. An eternal flame, lit by then President Fidel Castro, pays homage to the fighters.

On Sunday, Raul Castro and other Communist Party leaders paid tribute to Guevara and his guerrilla partners inside the memorial.

Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel said:” Che is not dead, as his enemies wanted. His figure grows larger as time passes and younger generations recognize his revolutionary paradigm.”

Guevara is now a “universal symbol” and inspiration in the struggle for the liberation of different nations “oppressed by imperialism”, said Diaz-Canel.

“He had a very original way of facing life, and his comrades knew how to appreciate his simplicity, sincerity, naturalness, companionship, stoicism, reckless disposition to always face the most difficult situation.”

His altruism and conscious revolutionary spirit have become an ideal to follow, said Diaz-Canel.

In Bolivia, President Evo Morales, accompanied by his cabinet and other leading figures, completed a 2-km pilgrimage to La Higuera, where Guevara was killed by CIA-backed mercenaries.

Born in the Argentine city of Rosario in 1928 and trained as a doctor, Guevara joined Fidel Castro’s insurgency in 1956 to overthrow Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, and played a leading role in the rebel victory.

With Cuba under new leadership, he left the country to continue his struggle against oppression, first to Congo and then to Bolivia, where he was ambushed and killed by mercenaries.

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Congolese Legislator Describes Cuba as Pride of Africa

President of the Senate of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Leon Kengo Wa Dondo, stated today that Cuba is an extension of the African continent in the Americas, and a cause of pride for the African nations.

In a meeting with the President of the National Assembly of the People's Power of Cuba (Parliament), Esteban Lazo, the visitor said that Cuba's achievements in health and education, in spite of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade, serve as an example to his country and to the entire African continent.

"We have come to tell you that we are thrilled and inspired to do the same you have done," said Wa Dondo, who will stay in Cuba until April 28 at an invitation made by Lazo.

Lazo and Wa Dondo agreed that the links between Havana and Kinshasa are solid, and the current visit will contribute to further strengthen them.

We have longstanding links, said Lazo, recalling that 1.20 million Africans were taken by force from their land and brought to the Americas as slaves.

Those slaves had a major role in our struggles for independence, as they struggled for their freedom, he added.

Because of that historical debt, we have contributed our solidarity to Africa, in the struggles for sovereignty and independence and in its socio-economic development.

The president of the Cuban Parliament also thanked the visitor for his country's support to the battle against the US blockade and extolled the actions carried out by the parliamentary group of friendship with Cuba, in solidarity with the Island's causes.

He also referred to the opportunities for bilateral cooperation in different sectors beyond education and health.

In this regard, Wa Dondo and his delegation are scheduled to visit renowned Cuban centers devoted to biotechnology and genetis engineering.

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WHO confirms DR Congo Ebola-free status

GENEVA: The World Health Organization confirmed Friday (Nov 21) that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was Ebola-free, as 42 days had passed since the last case in an outbreak that killed at least 49 people.

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